This violet-eyed beauty was born in London, on February 27, 1932. Her father, Francis Taylor was an art dealer and mother, Sara, was an actress, but later gave it up when she married. At age ten, her family moved to Hollywood, where her captivating beauty would later be discovered. A family friend suggested that she would follow her mother’s footsteps, and take up the film industry. In 1941, she signed contract with Universal Pictures, but later decided to obtain a contract with MGM studios. Her first movie was, Lassie Come Home, after this role, offers for movies came from everyone.
This is where her childhood ended and her profession began. Taylor later suggested that she wished she had a normal childhood like the rest of the world. She told the magazine, Good Housekeeping, “After the age ten, I didn’t have a childhood. I didn’t date.
I had no friends except for other child actors at MGM. I rode horses and acted.” This devotion that she had would later help her receive other roles in the future. Throughout the 1940’s she made several movies and two of which would earn her an Oscar. Even though Taylor’s acting career was taking off, she would later face the most difficult years in her own life. After countless numbers of unsuccessful marriages, she found herself drinking out of loneliness. Taylor’s says that it became so bad that she lost her own identity.
In 1983, Taylor did the right thing in joined the Betty Ford Clinic in California for her addiction. Taylor’s career at this point consists of only, television films, the drama Malice and Wonderland, and mini- series. After her release from the clinic, she started putting on weight and having recurring severe back problems. This led her in having an addiction to pain medication and drinking again. In addition to her problems, a number of her close friends suffered from the illness AID. Despise her own health issues she decides to do what she to fight the illness and save her friends.
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In doing this, she became the first to speak out about AIDS and put together the first major fund-raising gala staged by the Hollywood titled, “Commitment to Life.” In 1985, Taylor became the co-founder and chairperson for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a private, nonprofit organization to raise money for AIDS research. Among her friends that had AIDS, three of them died from the illness over the course of two years, but this stop to still inform the public about the illness and do research. Once again, Taylor checked herself into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1988 for her additional addictions. During her stay at the clinic she met a 40-year-old construction worker, Larry Fortensky and even continued their relationship when they left the clinic. In 1990 was faced with another life threatening pneumonia attack, where Fortensky stood by her the whole way.
They later married in 1991 at the convenience of her close friends house. On Taylor’s 60 th she announced her retirement completely. She stated the reason she would in the media was for AIDS awareness only. Taylor told House Keeping that, ” For the first time in my life I am making my fame work in a positive way… This (AIDS) work means more to me than anything I’ve ever done as an actress.” In becoming the leader against the battle of AIDS made her realize that she more proud in what she does know then her earlier years in her life. This devotion help her to earn the, Jean Hers holt Humanitarian Award, honoring her years the AIDS research..